Design & Technology

Key Stage

4

Qualification

GCSE

Board

AQA

Additional

Valid for

2018 - 2019

Contact

Mrs

C

Parsons

Faculty

Design Technology

Course Content & Assessment

4 purpose built workshops, with resources for manufacturing in woods, metals and plastics. This includes CNC Milling machines and lathes, as well as a laser cutter. More traditional machinery is available such as wood/metal lathes, morticer, band saws, va

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Core technical principles Specialist technical principles Designing and making principles Written exam: 2 hours 100 marks 50% of GCSE Questions Section A Core technical principles (20 marks) A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding. Section B Specialist technical principles (30 marks) Several short answer questions (5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles. Section C Designing and making principles (50 marks) A mixture of short answer and extended response questions In the spirit of the iterative design process, the above should be awarded holistically where they take place and not in a linear manner Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. Core study includes the following headings:
• new and emerging technologies
• energy generation and storage
• developments in new materials
• systems approach to designing
• mechanical devices
• materials and their working properties.
Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Assessment
50% written examination
• Core technical principles
• Specialist technical principles
• Designing and making principles 50% coursework
Substantial design and make task

Entry Criteria & Progression

GCSE Grade 6 in Product Design. GCSE Grade 6 in Graphics. A portfolio of work and interview process will be used to support applications, particularly if demand for the subject is high.

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